Klopp’s challenge will be restoring confidence and form, while keeping up in the race for top four, and a big fitness boost in the buildup has aided his cause.
Thiago is almost certain to return, but who else could come in at Anfield?
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp gave another update on the fitness of his squad:
- Thiago back, Jordan Henderson expected to be “OK” after knee knock
- Ibrahima Konate “available” but “how long, we will see”
- Naby Keita, Joel Matip, Arthur, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota still out
Liverpool’s XI vs. Leeds
During his pre-match press conference, Klopp admitted that he could set his side up “maybe in a different system” once again.
That followed a successful switch to a 4-4-2 diamond formation at Ajax in midweek, and could suggest another tweak that we are yet to see utilised this season.
More likely, though, is that Liverpool will return to their flat, attacking 4-4-2 at Anfield:
- Unchanged back four ahead of Alisson
- Thiago to replace Henderson after knock
- Harvey Elliott back on right, Fabio Carvalho in on left
- Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez retained up front
That would see the Reds shape up like this:
There is still a chance, though, that Klopp will stick with the diamond setup, while employing necessary rotation only three days after Ajax:
- Kostas Tsimikas an option to allow Andy Robertson rest
- Thiago joined by Curtis Jones as No. 8s
- Roberto Firmino in No. 10 behind Salah and Nunez
That would see Liverpool take to the pitch as below:
Despite the injuries, which are ongoing and frustrating, it is at least true now that Liverpool are tougher for opposing managers to prepare for.
And particularly those, like Jesse Marsch, who are going through an identity crisis themselves.
The addition of the 4-4-2 diamond to Klopp’s tactical arsenal – along with the variety of options it opens up within his squad in the likes of Carvalho, Jones and Firmino – only adds to the unpredictability.